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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

Gun sales surged after the Newtown, Conn., massacre out of fear that governments at all levels would attempt to impose new firearms restrictions. Now that it's clear that's the case, gun sales will surge even more. As is usually the case, when government “acts,” the result usually is the exact opposite of what it intended. ... Pravda (yes, that Pravda) columnist Stanislav Mishin reminds that Russia was once one of the most heavily armed societies on Earth. Of course, then the Reds weaseled their way into power, disarmed the people, and the rest is murderous history. We wonder how many anti-gun zealots in this country understand that history. ... One of history's greatest economists died last week. James Buchanan proved that governments that spend themselves silly (with your money, of course,) are not immune to the consequences of such impunity. Now, that's common sense to most of us. But remember, common sense is the first casualty of Leviathan government.

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